BOULDER, Colo. – It is tempting to paint a portrait of No. 10 Colorado as everything we love about sports.

Colorado is a testament to hard work and belief and love amongst teammates and all those qualities that makes us escape to college football.

The Buffaloes did it before 48,658 fans roaring as they did a quarter-century ago, when Colorado perennially stood prominently in the national picture.

The only time any Colorado fans left their seats Saturday was to run onto the field after the game.

The momentum of the game turned early in the fourth quarter, with Colorado leading 28-24.

Washington State faced a fourth-and-4 at the Colorado 18, and coach Mike Leach left his inconsistent kicker, Erik Powell, on the sideline.

Earlier in the game, Leach tried to convert a fourth-and-7 from the Colorado 26 and failed.

Talk about going in different directions: in the next eight seasons, Alabama won four national championships and 101 games; Colorado won 27.

No one is saying that Colorado is ready to play No. 1 Alabama again.